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Mike Parrish discuss his memory of the Apollo astronauts partaking in summer water-sports before going on launch.

Trying to squeeze a little more out of summer? Imagine making some time for summer sports before you launch into space! 


Buzz Aldrin saves the day with a felt tip pen

Hear how Buzz Aldrin used a felt tip pen to assist with the ascent off the lunar surface during Apollo 11.


As the world watched the outcome of Apollo 11, the first attempted lunar landing, employees in the NASA Mission Control Center held their breaths during the entire descent.

During this special "Tell Me A Story: Astronaut Tales," astronaut Charlie Duke recalls the tense moments in Mission Control as Apollo 11 landed on the Moon with less than a minute of descent fuel remaining.


Witnessing history on Florida's Space Coast

Imagine what Titusville, Florida looked like the day of the Apollo 11 launch. An Apollo test project engineer explains the community’s outpouring of excitement.


Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charlie Duke took a family snapshot to the moon .

Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke excited his young sons by bringing a family portrait with him all of the way to the Moon.